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Thomas Wilmer Dewing
In the Garden
1892–94
oil
20 5/8 x 35 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of John Gellatly



Thomas Dewing's composition, which alludes to the theme of the Three Graces popular during the Italian Renaissance, creates a comforting sense of continuity with the past at a time of great change in America. His images of ethereal women posed in spare interiors or soothing landscapes were seen by some to provide a refuge from the clamor of modern cities. The ornate gilded frame was designed by his close friend, the architect Stanford White, and contributes to the work's decorative quality.